Letters, calls and emails: Sick patients will suffer for extended access

Dear Editor

The DoH plans to take 60 quality framework points from the clinical domain to fund extended hours.

I look forward to hearing which area of high-quality care will be sacrificed to provide healthcare to largely fit and working people. Care of cancer victims, perhaps; they don't pay much tax. How about BP and cholesterol management? Is this no longer a priority?

Without being puerile, surely the DoH must realise that quality money is spent to provide high-quality care, and if money must now be spent to keep an office open at hours requiring overtime rates, other patient groups must suffer. I hope the government will break the news to those who will suffer, leaving the medical profession to do the best that we can, as we always have.

Dr Colin Fraser, Arbroath, Angus.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Just published

Kamila Hawthorne

GP crisis could force one in four practices to close, says RCGP

Unmanageable pressure could force more than a quarter of GP practices to close, polling...

COVID-19 vaccine in pregnancy

Vaccination in pregnancy cuts COVID-19 risk for mother and baby

Vaccination against COVID-19 during pregnancy reduces the risk of infection and hospitalisation...

Child using smartphone

NICE backs digital CBT games for children with anxiety or low mood

GPs could prescribe CBT-based digital games, videos and quizzes for children and...

GP surgery sign

GP pressure to continue as experts warn NHS backlog will remain through 2023

General practice faces continuing heavy pressure after experts warned that the record...

Close-up of a man loading a shotgun

BMA updates GP firearms guidance as digital marker goes live on EMIS

The BMA has updated its guidance for GPs on firearms licensing following the release...

Map pins

Severely underdoctored areas spread across nearly every NHS region

Severely underdoctored areas exist in nearly every NHS region across England, figures...